Graphic Design: Illustration

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2018
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Faculty Contact
Victoria Shepherd: 313-845-6487,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-149

Program Description


Provides students with skills and knowledge in the area of graphic design: illustration. Illustration is exploding in the digital environment. Illustrators need to have excellent drawing skills, know the history of their craft, and be proficient with programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Create illustrated communications, from conceptual development to final artifact using a range of media, both traditional and digital, for final output both printed and digital.
  2. Incorporate historic and contemporary illustration influences in the creation of design solutions.
  3. Sketch and refine preliminary concepts for traditional and digital outcomes as well as conceptual ideation.
  4. Incorporate Illustration fundamentals, both traditional and digital, into illustration solutions.
  5. Apply color theory to the creation of illustrative solutions, including color harmony and developing intended emotive reactions.
  6. Utilize current illustration terminology as a basis for discussing and evaluating illustrations, student and professional.
  7. Construct vector and raster files for use in print, motion and digital outcomes.
  8. Develop digital work environments and appropriated file formats for saving work.
  9. Utilize current industry software and equipment.
  10. Develop and present a portfolio of projects for use in seeking an entry-level position or transfer to a four-year degree program. Participate in graduating student gallery show.
Career Opportunities
  • Story Board Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Editorial Cartoonist
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Digital Artist
  • Graphic Artist

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $7,937 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical debt upon graduation is not available.

The State of Michigan does not have licensure requirements for this profession.

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